Wahab Riaz in shortlisted Pakistan squad for England Tests

Wahab Riaz included in Pakistan's 20-man squad for England Tests

Pakistan announces squad for Test series against England

Wahab had announced an indefinite break from Test cricket in order to prolong his white-ball career but later retracted that decision after backlash from various quarters.

Azhar Ali will captain the group, with Babar Azam taking the role of his deputy.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have named the 20 players who will be considered for selection for their three-match Test series against England.

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Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, who has not played Test cricket for Pakistan since January 2019, returns to the side.

The two sides are slated to play the three-match Test series and as many T20 Internationals, beginning July 5 at the Old Trafford Cricket Stadium in Manchester.The series will also mark the return of global cricket for Pakistan since the cricket was distrupted in March due to coronavirus pandemic.

"Following the conclusion of two four-day intra-squad matches, Pakistan shortlisted the squad for the three-match Test series against England", the PCB said in a release. Mohammad Rizwan has been the first-choice glovesman since.

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Ahmed, who had last played global cricket during the home series against Sri Lanka a year ago, has been included as the second wicket-keeper batsman behind Mohammad Rizwan. The only player from the squad against Bangladesh to be dropped is 34-year old spinner Bilal Asif.

Pakistan Test squad: Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan Sr, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah. The 3-Test collection between Pakistan and England will start in Manchester from 5 August. Those nine players are Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain and Musa Khan.

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